Tag Archives: Windows 7

Windows 32-bit and 64-bit FAQ

Many users who read our blog might have seen us using text like, works on 32bit Windowsor works on 64bit Windows. However not many people might actually know what 32bit or 64bit Windows means, or how they differ.

The Windows 32-bit and 64-bit FAQ tries to answer several common questions which can clear your doubts about it. For example, here is a sample question:

What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows?

The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer’s processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.

There are several other questions which relate to . For more questions visit the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows FAQ  by Microsoft.

[via Windows 7 Blog]

Postpone Restart After Windows Update

Most of the times any Windows update you apply to your computer requires you to restart your PC. I definitely get quite fed up with the frequent nags to restart the PC. Previously I had written a tip on how to disable restarts after Windows update.

However, if you want to do it the easy way, Postpone Restart is a handy , which can postpone restarts after a Windows update has finished. Postpone restart is a small tool but can be useful for those nagging times.

Postpone restarts works with and , there is no support for yet.

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Christmas Theme Pack for Windows 7

Just came across another Theme pack for which many users would love. This theme pack consists of 18 HD wallpapers, a Christmas icon pack, and a Christmas Fireplace Screensaver.

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The Christmas icons definitely add some cuteness to this theme. In addition to that, you also get 3 sounds which are related to Christmas and a Fireplace Screensaver.

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How to use Google Public DNS on Windows 7 and Windows XP

Google recently announced that it’s offering a new public DNS server. It caught me by surprise. However, I’m not new to using public DNS services, and I gave Google’s new service a try. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows XP, I’ll show you how to set it up.

First, let’s get a couple of questions out of the way.

What is a DNS server?

DNS stuff can get pretty complicated, and I don’t want to go into details, so I’ll just give you a general idea. A DNS server is like a phone book. If you want to call someone using your phone, you may need to look up their phone number. Every website on the net has a 12 digit number (IP Address) that your PC needs to know in order to contact it. When you type a website name into a browser, your PC queries it’s assigned DNS server (the phone book), the DNS server reports the IP address (the phone number) back to your PC, and the PC initiates a connection with the site you requested. This all happens automatically and you really don’t need to know about DNS to use it. Most people are using a private DNS server that’s assigned by their Internet Service Provider, however, there are many open (public) DNS servers out there that anyone can use. Google’s new DNS server is only one among thousands.

Why would you want to use Google’s Public DNS?

I’m not sure that I completely agree with the reasons given at the Google Public DNS home page, but they state that their DNS service is faster, more secure and fairly private. Personally, I prefer OpenDNS, but that’s a topic for another time.

And now – on to the How toportion.

Set up Google Public DNS on Windows XP

Windows Double Explorer for Windows 7

A few weeks ago, I saw a new freeware Explorer replacement called Windows Double Explorer(or WDE). I downloaded it, tried it out, and it didn’t work. I moved on, thinking nothing more about it. I ran into it again recently, and I saw that it only works in Windows 7. The first time I used it, I had tried it in Windows XP. So, all this time I was missing out because I didn’t read the description closely.

WDE is available in two download packages. One download is a standard MSI installer so that it’s easily installed as you would most apps. The other download is labeled Copy and Run, but you might understand that better if I call it the portableversion. The Copy and Runversion is simply a zip file that you will have to unpack into a folder to run. I’ve read that this app does not write to the registry so it really can be considered portable.

After trying it in Windows 7, I can now show you some of the fine features of this application.

Windows Double Explorer allows you to view two or more folders in the same window. This makes dragging, dropping, copying, pasting and organizing so much simpler than the typical Windows Explorer. However, that’s only the tip of it’s iceberg full of features. Here’s a detailed look at WDE.

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A. In this section, you can quickly change the layout from side-by-side to top-over-bottom. Clicking on the 1and 2can show you each explorer pane by itself as well.

B. You can drag and drop folders onto this Favorites Bar, and they’ll stay there as long as you need them. This makes for super-fast navigation.

C. In this section are a few standard tools such as Root, Folder Up,Back, Forwardand Delete.

D. Here are the tabs. You can right click on them and add as many tabs as you need. If you need to work in more folders, open up more tabs.

E. Here’s where you access the standard file and folder operations that are featured in normal Explorer windows.

I’m not done yet, there’s even more to show you.

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F. What you see above is only a portion of the long list that’s displayed when you click on the Known Foldersmenu. It displays twenty or thirty common folders in Windows 7 that you may need to access quickly.

I hope that’s enough to give you a good taste. There’s more I haven’t covered because I’m still learning to use it.

Here’s the website for Windows Double Explorer.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

techie-buzz-recommended-software If you feel the need for more efficiency when you’re organizing files, this app is a great helper. The only thing I didn’t like, was that the application does take a few seconds to start. Since that’s the case, I’ve learned to keep it minimized while it’s not being used. This is a very new program and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for updates and improvements.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5

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Ultimate List of Christmas Themes For Windows 7

We are back with another . This time around we will be presenting some excellent themes for . Applying Themes in Windows 7 is very easy, just download the Themepack file, and double click on it to apply the theme to Windows 7.

You might also want to checkout some of the other Best Windows 7 Themes you can download and use for free.

Please note: Some download links will directly download the .themepack file to your PC.

Twinkle Wish Windows 7 Theme from Microsoft

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Download Theme (direct download)

Windows 7 Christmas Theme

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Windows 7 Christmas Theme Pack

Want to dress up your to match the season? You are in a luck, a Windows Club user has just released a new theme pack for Windows 7.

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The Windows 7 Christmas theme pack contains 5 wallpapers, 3 of which have been created by the forum user. Installing the Christmas theme pack is very easy. Just download the .themepack file and double click on it to apply the theme to Windows 7.

Want more? Check out the of High Quality Christmas Wallpapers for Desktop and Mac.

Download Windows 7 Christmas Theme Pack

How to Fix the Windows 7 BSoD (Black Screen of Death)

In the older versions of the Windows OS series, users used to be plagued by an abominable screen full of garish text filled with more numbers than letters and the background would be a scream-inducing blue. Since the screen always followed a crash or a death, it was called the Blue Screen of Death (a BSoD) by the users.

Windows 7 may not be as unstable as Windows XP or (gulp!) Windows Vista, however it does have its own share of problems. Though Microsoft removed the Blue Screen of Death, there are instances when you log in and the screen goes black with nothing but a minimized Explorer window. Since it apparently looks blank, this crashis termed a Black Screen of Death. This is usually caused by a malware infection and sometimes affects XP and Vista as well as older servers.

Luckily, Prevx has a solution in the form of a quick-fix. All you need to do is download their Black Screen Fix applet and it will clean up your system shell for you. It’s a tiny download (~48KB) and you can easily download it even while affected by the Black Screen by opening task manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del), clicking on new taskand typing this command:-

“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” “http://info.prevx.com/download.asp?GRAB=BLACKSCREENFIX

(With the quotes intact)

Run the program (filename fixShell.exe, name Prevx 3.0) and you will find this dialog box.

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Click yes…

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…and restart! That’s that! Have fun with your old computer back.

(via BlogsDNA)

Tweaking the most of your Firefox 3.6 Beta – Tabs

We all know that Firefox 3.6 Beta supports Aero integration and that it looks and feels great. However, for those who do not want this feature, there is a way to turn it off. However, there are a couple of other tweaks you might not know about!

Tweak #1: Enhanced Ctrl-Tab

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With this option, instead of cycling through tabs, Firefox will cycle through small previews of the tabs when Ctrl-Tab is used.

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Selecting Show all n’ tabswill take you to this search menu. Handy when you have a LOT of tabs open!

If, however, you wish to have this at the click of your mouse instead of messing with Ctrl-Tab, you can enable another option and have Tweak #2: AllTabs Previews

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This will make a small button appear on the tab-bar, clicking which will let you search through tabs and cycle through them at will. Neat right?

So, how do you make these options appear? Simple, really in Firefox’s address bar, type about:configwithout the quotes. Promise that you will be careful, and then in the list of options, filter tab.

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Enable browser.ctrlTab.previewsfor the first tweak and browser.allTabs.previewsfor the second tweak. That’s that!